Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Jesse James of Cake Decorating

You know this guy, right? Jesse James of West Coast Choppers. Soon to be ex-husband of Sandra Bullock.

Yeah. Well, I just have one word for you.

Cake. Well, he's not cake, but let me explain.

I probably didn't tell you that Janae roped me into another hobby, right? Cake decorating of all things. You know I needed another hobby, and its accompanying storage cases and never ending paraphernalia-that-I-must-have, like I needed a hole in my head.

Yeah. Oh well. Girl Genius and I took the Wilton Decorating Basics course at Michael's this month, and let me tell you, my buttocks did not need one more challenge. Sheesh.

It was fun though, and I learned a lot. It was one of those experiences where I was shown again and again things that I had been doing wrong  for years. 

For example, I learned that you cannot bake a cake without this stuff. It's Wilton's Cake Release, and it is magic. M-A-G-I-C. I know I throw that word around like butter, but I feel very strongly about this. Trust me here. I would not lead you astray.

Forget everything your Mama ever told you about greasing and flouring your cake pans, everything I ever told you about lining your cake pans with parchment paper, and everything your Daddy's brother's mama ever told you about getting cake out of the pan perfectly. This secret substance is all you need. And you can get it with a 40% off coupon. Whoo hoo!

Really. All you do is squinch some of this stuff into your cake pans and spread it around before adding your cake batter. Then when your cake comes out of the oven, you let it cool for 10 minutes, in the pan and on cooling racks, and you're not going to believe this, but your cake will come out perfectly. As in without any tapping, any running a butter knife around the edges, any special voodoo dances around the kitchen, or any prayers. No. Lie.

This was my first cake which I decorated in class. 

It was delicious.

This was my final project cake. We were supposed to put some writing on it to show that we had mastered the writing technique. Or maybe it was so we could show that we were literate? I don't know. All I know is that I didn't have a special occasion for this cake, I was just going to eat it, and maybe share it, so this endearing message seemed pretty straight forward to me.

Besides, it's like my motto in life, right?

This was Janae's final project cake. I know. She's an overachiever. Everything she does is perfect. Everything. I thought I was anal, then I met her and it was true love. Well, true love as it can only be between BFFs.

Nothing creepy here, Fred. That's Janae's husband. He thinks I'm CUH-razy. And he's right, but whatever.

It was a fun, fun class, and we got to get out and meet new, interesting people. People more interesting than ourselves. On account of we don't get out enough.

Like this person. He is just one of those interesting people we met. He's very colorful, isn't he? 

It just goes to show you that looks can be deceiving. Like you might expect to see this guy on a Harley, wearing leathers and draped with chains, right? The only leap your mind is going to have to make here, is to picture the Wilton Deluxe Cake Decorating kit strapped to his sissy bar.

His name is James. Well, was James. I've renamed him.
He's sort of scary in his cake decorating abilities. He has skillz that he brought with him to class. This is the basics class dang it, and he was decorating circles around us.
For starters his frosting is always the perfect consistency for the purpose for which he intends to use it. It's disgusting. Well, in an I'm-Jealous-of-Him kind of way.
Plus, he's nice and helpful. He lent his perfect consistency buttercream frosting to Janae and I when we were struggling to keep our bags loaded to move on to the next technique.

After he handed over his perfect consistency frosting, I said "You're like the Jesse James of Cake Decorating." 

He gave me a little raised eyebrow.
Then I was having trouble getting my not so perfect consistency frosting to extrude from my bag. If your frosting is too stiff you can add a little water to it.
Or you can ask someone with hot hands to hold it for you. Yep.
"Jesse Cupcake, will you please hold my bag for me?"
And that was it. The name stuck.

Jesse Cupcake is really good at flowers.

After I gave him his new name, my little gift to him, I asked him if he would please wear a tank top to the next class so I could get a proper picture of all his tats.

You know how I like a good juxtaposition.

And I was up front when I told him that a few people that read my blog might see his picture.

He was cool with that.

I think. Well, he wore the tank top, didn't he?

And he didn't swat me away when I was hovering with my camera.

See look. Jesse Cupcake has a sense of humor.

He was a little shy about posing with his cake though.

And he got a little sunburned when we bestowed him with his new shirt.

I just hope he doesn't hold any hard feelings and he still invites me to the opening of his new shoppe, West Coast Cupcakes. What do you say Jesse Cupcake, are we good?


  1. Looks like a hilarious time for sure!
    Awesome tough guy making frilly stuff.

  2. this post is FULL of surprises!! You are so funny. If I wished we were neighbors before, now I for sure do since you can make fancy cakes, too!! :D

    good job......your cake looks delicious! ;D

  3. AWESOME!! I love how your blog is always an adventure! Did you make that shirt with a YUDU, or cricut freezer paper cuts? I am totally wanting one of those YUDUs. I am very impressed with your cake decorating. I did not know the class involved actual cakes, I kind of thought you would work on fake cakes. I know what you mean about needing another hobby.. but creativity is a gift you know.

  4. So freaking funny! I love that he was man enough to be a cake decorator. I so want to learn cake decorating! I am totally jealous of your new skillz! But not jealous of trying to find a place to store all your new equipment. lol

  5. Awesome post, thanks!

    I've been wanting to take that I can show this post to my hubby and MAYBE convince him to go with me???

  6. I've actually been thinking of taking one of those classes but wondered if they were any good! Thanks for letting me know... now I just need some $ to pay for it and to find someone interested in joining me!

  7. Janae actually made the shirt with her new YUDU. She has everything cutting edge. All I had to do was buy the t-shirt and lend her my Cricut Sweet Treats cartridge, and she did the rest. :)

    Yes, we worked on real cake. We practiced on plastic first, but we always took something fattening home to eat. I need to wait a couple months before I take the next class. I'm sweating buttercream frosting.

  8. I love it!!! I've showed hubby who has done cake decorating before in University.

    And the t-shirt is priceless..

    p.s. no idea at all why my link is below here..

  9. I think you would enjoy the Cake Wrecks blog. A who knows you might submit some of your creations:)

  10. You are too funny, Jill! Can't believe you actually asked him to where a shirt without sleeves and he did it!

  11. Awesome. I have been decorating my own cakes for sometime without the class. I would love to take the class so I could learn flowers if I can find the time. I'll send you my fan page on Facebook that is of my cakes so you see what I'm up to. Yours looked great! I guess I need to find out what a YUDU is. Never would have imagined the tat dude in a cake class! That rocks.

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  13. The instructor from my first Wilton class gave me a recipe to make your own cake release and it works just as good but is cheaper. Let me know if you want it! I will share!

    I'm waiting to take the 2nd class, but it keeps getting cancelled. :(

  14. Secretly, he's proud :) Well maybe not about 'cupcake' but definitely that he got all your attention!

  15. Jill, you are just tooo awesome!! This is such a great post. Except for the picture you posted of me, dang you!! I think Jesse Cupcake will rather enjoy it also, and if he doesn't, then his wife and daughter will I am sure:) Fun times, fun times!!! Love ya!!

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  17. Absolutely loved this story! Hilarious. I also wish I could create a beautiful cake like you both did.

  18. OMG! Hilarious! Love that he's tuff enuff to decorate a cake! I love baking cakes, that class looks like fun, I may have to look into it! You are so funny! I love your blog! BTW your cakes looked fab too! You are every bit as talented as your friend!

  19. I my gosh! That is such a different site to see! LOL

    Now I am craving frosting. I love frosting....

  20. Great job and sounds like y'all had loads of fun too. It is funny that you posted about taking these classes. I just signed up to take cake decorating classes at a place I just found out about here. Hopefully mine will turn out as nicely done.

  21. Speaking of all the stuff that goes with a hobby...have you seen the cricut machine for cake decorating?

  22. I don't know how you find the time for all this. I would love to take a cake decorating class. Yours looks great!

  23. Wow, I was really impressed with your cake decorating. I did not know the class involved actual cakes, I kind of thought you would work on fake cakes. I know what you mean about needing another hobby.. but creativity is a gift you know. thanx for the share.